Darryl Talley, who helped West Virginia recover from declining football fortunes of the late 1970s, was one of 16 individuals selected to the College Football Hall of Fame today.
Talley, a four year starter from 1979-1982, racked up stellar numbers as he helped the Mountaineers earn their way to two bowl games. He is second all-time in WVU career tackles, and earned unanimous All-America honors in his final season. He is the 12th player or coach with West Virginia ties to enter the College Football Hall of Fame. Ira Rodgers, Joe Stydahar, Greasy Neale, Sam Huff, Bruce Bosely and Major Harris preceded Talley as player selections to the Hall, while Ben Schwartzwalder, Doc Spears, Fielding Yost, Don Nehlen and Bobby Bowden are members as coaches.
Talley left Morgantown as West Virginia's all-time leading tackler with 484 total stops, a record he held for more than 20 years. Named the squad's Most Valuable Player in 1982, Talley led the Mountaineers to the Peach Bowl in 1981 and the Gator Bowl a year later. He was a four-time All-East Region selection and was a two-time winner of the team's John Russell Award, given to the WVU lineman who best demonstrates spirit and leadership.
Talley was a second-round selection in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He played 12 seasons for the Bills, Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings, starting 187-of-216 career outings. The two-time Pro Bowler played in four Super Bowls with Buffalo and was named First Team All-Pro by The Sporting News in 1990 and 1993. Talley logged 38.5 career sacks and forced 17 fumbles.
Talley currently works as the owner of Sentry Barricades and resides in Orlando, Fla. He also established a charitable foundation in Rochester, N.Y., and he has worked with Anchor House Ministries in Orlando. Inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, Talley is a member of the WVU All-Time Team. He and his wife, Jeanne, have two children